Cyclist takes refuge in CQ
CENTRAL Queensland's wet weather stopped Mexican woman Bertha Corte in her tracks yesterday - literally.
The 54-year-old is cycling around Australia and had to take refuge in Rockhampton after heavy rainfall cut the road to Mackay yesterday.
Ms Corte is riding to show "the best of Mexico", hoping to change Australians' perceptions of the country.
"It's an opportunity for me to talk about the good things," she said.
"Nobody wants to go there because they think it's full of criminals and delinquents and that makes me very upset."
Ms Corte said she was also raising awareness about climate change by reducing her carbon footprint and fundraising for multiple sclerosis.
Leaving her home in Sydney on February 19, Ms Corte is completing the 14,493km journey on her own, calling the trip Tbo Mx 2012.
"I'll be joining an MS Team from Cairns to Perth, but the rest is by myself," she said.
Ms Corte said she had already come through heavy rain on her way from Gin Gin to Miriam Vale.
"I'm not going to wait for the rain," she said.
YHA Australia is sponsoring Ms Corte, who was happy to have a warm bed at the Rockhampton hostel.
Ms Corte will travel to Yaamba tomorrow, before heading to Clairview the day after.
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